woman resting head on her arms in aftercareThere is no way to instantly recover from addiction. Meaningful, lasting recovery is a process that involves detox, rehab, and ongoing care. Aftercare programs are often overlooked, but it is vital to relapse prevention. At Silver Pines Treatment Center, the value of continuing care is a priority.

Treatment Can Establish Habits That Last Beyond Rehab

Not all aftercare has to start on the day that patients leave residential treatment. Sometimes, continuing care can begin during treatment. During rehab, patients can start to create lasting habits. These habits add to routine and structure, both of which are instrumental in preventing relapse.

Although there is no such thing as running out of willpower, fewer decisions often mean a greater chance of sobriety. People who have to avoid relapse should aim to stick to a set schedule as often as possible. When things are carefully planned, there are fewer ways to stray off of your plan and cave to temptation.

During treatment, patients can explore new healthy habits that might be difficult to form when living alone. Just a few of the options might include the following:

  • Starting the day with a yoga class
  • Meditating each evening at a set time
  • Enjoying physical activity and fitness classes
  • Eating meals at the same time each day
  • Caring for plants and harvesting herbs in a garden every day

Relapse Prevention Techniques Fit For a Lifetime

Part of addiction recovery is learning to prevent relapse. While there are some general guidelines for this, it is a very personal process. Individual patients have their own triggers as well as their own ways of coping with stress. Learning and exploring these in full during treatment can be crucial in the months and years after residential rehab ends.

It is often through individual or group therapy that patients can uncover their most effective coping mechanisms. These might include calling a friend to talk, exercising for a rush of endorphins or just getting some fresh air with a brief walk outside.

Relapse prevention can also involve finding meaning in life. It is when people are stressed, overwhelmed or depressed that they are most prone to temptation. For that reason, certain therapies offered in rehab are chosen because they can increase fulfillment. These may be ordinary activities like training courses to prepare for independent living.

Ongoing Medical Treatment or Pharmacological Care

Addiction is an illness that impacts many areas of life. Part of addiction is physical, which means that many patients need ongoing care. Successful continuing care might involve doctor visits or pharmacological treatment.

Some patients struggle with physical ailments as a result of their addiction. Malnutrition, sluggish metabolisms or STDs are among some of the most common. Even after rehab, regular checkups are necessary to treat or monitor these conditions.

After addiction treatment, some patients can continue to use medicines that help prevent relapse. Vivitrol, a monthly injection, is just one example. Vivitrol can block opioid effects to manage relapse and prevent addiction from taking hold ever again.

The Best Aftercare Options for Patients

Aftercare is all about staying on track even when 24/7 support and accountability is no longer available. For most patients, that means creating a support network.

A support network might include a local group meeting, or it might be made up of friends and family. Many patients find success with a standing therapy session each week. We also offer an alumni group so that all patients have peers who understand their situation.

The best aftercare programs are started during the treatment itself. At Silver Pines Treatment Center in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, relapse prevention education is a part of the process every step of the way. Begin your healthy and happily ever after by calling 866-345-2147.